As with all Catholic Parishes Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has the mission to bring the saving Gospel of the Lord to all generations, times and places. We do this by handing on the faith of the apostles to each new generation, gifting them with the same faith we have.
The Young Adult Group which had its first meeting on Sunday 4th November is open to all young Catholics from the parish aged between 16 and 35. The main aim of the group is for those participating to learn more about the Catholic faith, to grow in friendship and support of one another and to form intentional disciples of Christ in the 21st century. The group meets every second Sunday evening, one week for catechesis and the other week is more social in nature.
We are continuing with the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award students from our parish who attend Saint Andrew’s and Saint Bride’s High School and have signed up to taking part in the parish programme. The group meets every second Sunday evening after the 6.30pm Mass for catechesis, prayer and other initiatives.
Please pray for the success of our mission to dynamically hand on the truths of the faith to the younger generation.
The Oscar Romero prayer has been adopted by our Youth Ministry Team, it sums up what we hope to achieve:
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.